Writing Book Reviews As An Author
Inspiration To Make It Easier
By: J Lenni Dorner
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There are some books you might recommend to others. This doesn’t mean you should put in a review, “If you like Twilight, read the Vampire Diaries!” Instead, try to phrase it like, “if you enjoy stories with a romance between a vampire and a loner teen girl, you might also like this book” or “I’d suggest this to those who enjoy alternative versions of vampire lore.”
The key here being what you liked about the story. What made it different? How does it work well in its genre? Why would you suggest it to other readers? Who, in your opinion, is the target audience for the book?
Or, on the dark side, who wouldn’t you suggest it too? Might it offend or trigger some readers? Is there a certain age group for which this isn’t suitable?
Think about cheese for a moment. In the above picture, what cheese do you think that is? Probably Parmigiano-Reggiano, right? Why? But not Brie. See, we tend to like “Parmesan” because it’s a hard and granular cheese, thereby making it good for grating onto pasta. That doesn’t mean Brie isn’t a good cheese. But not everyone is looking for a soft cheese. Pregnant people are cautioned to avoid soft cheese because of listeriosis. Apply this same thought process to books.
You might make new book-loving friends by sharing your likes and dislikes in this way. It’s not always easy to pinpoint what one likes or dislikes about a book, but it’s worth sharing if you figure it out.
— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge
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